The Tank Museum is located on the site of the World War I tank training centre in Bovington near Wareham. The museum’s collection of military vehicles is regarded as one of the best in the world with over 300 tanks on display including the first ever manufactured tank, Little Willie.
Throughout the museum there are 6 halls of exhibits that showcase great examples of every vehicle that has ever been employed in modern warfare. Despite being a museum, military personnel continue to use it as a source of information and serving soldiers can learn about historic vehicles and can even learn invaluable information about the Challenger 2 tank.
Visitors are welcome to walk through the exhibition halls and view the vehicles at their leisure or can attend one of the free guided tours or talks. For an additional fee, visitors can also enjoy a ride on an armoured vehicle around the grounds of the museum.
Tank enthusiasts and younger family members alike will thoroughly enjoy a day at the Tank Museum. A range of video games and puzzles are featured throughout the exhibition halls, engaging children through the use of these interactive displays. Younger children will enjoy following the Major Teddington trail around the museum searching for stamps and dressing up during their visit. And on Special Event days visitors can marvel at the tanks as they roar around the Kuwait Arena.
After exploring the museum, the adventure playground, with swings and zip wire, is the perfect place for children to release pent up energy. A soft play area is available for children under eight years of age next to our cafe. Pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the onsite picnic areas. There is a large selection of tank paraphernalia available in the Tank Museum shop, including models, toys and books.
A number of events and exhibitions are held regularly by the Tank Museum, including the extremely popular Tiger Day, Fury Experience and the world renowned Tank Fest.